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Santa's Aurora

2 & 3 nights at the Star Arctic Hotel

Overview

Exciting new itinerary with extended activities combined with a stay at a luxury Northern Lights hotel on top of the Saariselka fell.  

Santa's Aurora

What's included:
 

Direct flights from UK

 

20kgs Hold Baggage

 

Resort Transfers

 

Thermal outer-suits, boots and accessories

 

Luxury Northern Lights  accommodation

 

Half Board

 

DAY ONE

- Wilderness Dinner

- Aurora Hunt by Reindeer

SANTA DAY

- Search for Santa's Cabin
by Reindeer Sleigh

- Private meeting with Santa

- Drive your own Husky safari

- Special Aurora Elf

- Lunch

- Snow Fun Activities

 

GRAND FINALE

- Snowmobile Safari 

£50 Grandparent Discount
This offer applies to bona fide grandparents travelling on the same booking (with minimum 2 adults and 2 children) on all Santa’s Magic trips, staying in partner hotels.

Itinerary

Overview

My action packed break has everything you could wish for included in your holiday price. Husky-sled rides, reindeer sleigh rides and snowmobiles which parents can drive themselves, plus a Wilderness dinner and fantastic accommodation

Day 1

 

Welcome

 

  • After flying across the Arctic Circle you will be greeted at Ivalo Airport by my friendly helpers who are eagerly awaiting your arrival. One or more of my cheeky elves are often at the airport as well to greet you, a great first photo opportunity, but they do like to create mischief and mayhem.

  • A short 25 minute coach transfer to the hotel and my helpers will join you on the coach and get you all excited with some festive songs to make the journey even quicker. Keep an eye out on the journey to see if you can spot any of my reindeer or or maybe an elf in the woods close by.

  • Arrive at your beautiful accommodation, the Star Arctic and collect your thermal suits and equipment from the downstairs room at the hotel.

  • Spend some time settling into your accommodation & meet my helpful representatives who will give you all the information you need to have the complete Lapland Experience. For the rest of the afternoon you can play in the snow or perhaps try some tobogganing.

  • Your first evening starts with my Wilderness Dinner and Reindeer Sleigh Ride. It’s a short coach ride to the Wilderness Centre for dinner in a traditional Lappish Kota. By the open fire you’ll be warm and cosy as you enjoy your meal.

  • Meet your reindeer and your local Sami guide then take a wonderful sleigh ride into the picturesque woods, with the ‘swish’ of the runners across the snow, and children and parents cuddled together under blankets in the sleigh.

  • This hotel is in the ideal location to watch out for the Northern Lights due to its prime position at the top of the fell, far away from any light pollution and boasting some stunning views of Saariselkä below.
     

Day 2  -  Not available on 2 night break

 

Adventure Day

 

  • This extra day on my 4-day breaks only will normally be your second day, and gives you the chance to start building up the excitement, with your choice of my fantastic Optional Adventures. 

  • Try a sensational daytime Star Arctic Snowmobile Discovery, where parents take it in turns to drive the snowmobile and children will be towed in a special sled by the guide or an early evening Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile. Perhaps enjoy a few hours downhill skiing, or Saariselkä’s toboggan run or even try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Animal lovers may prefer to go for an extra reindeer sleigh ride with my Reindeer Discovery  – always a popular option with the children or try the exciting Siberian Husky Discovery.

  • Once back at the Star Arctic enjoy your half board dinner with the excitement for tomorrow's Big Day mounting.

 

Day 3  -  Day 2 on 2 night break

 

Search for Santa

 

With a host of great adventures awaiting you today, this is sure to be the most memorable day of your Lapland break. Wrap up warm and pack some snacks, you will be outside in the true wilderness of Lapland with some fantastic camera moments for the whole family. My helpers will pick you up and take you to my exclusive Aurora Activity Centre where you can enjoy the following activities at some point during the day for the ultimate Christmas Adventure.

  • An extended Husky Sled Ride – where the children get to ride with a parent (and shout ‘mush mush!’ at every opportunity!), and grown-ups can all take a turn at actually ‘driving’ your own sled! Imagine your sled, drawn by five or six eager huskies, straining at the leash and eager to run, then released – and you’re off! Racing across the snow and through the woods is the most perfect way to experience Lapland’s winter wonderland.

  • Meet one of my Sami friends in his Lappish kota (a local tepee) and you will be introduced to the fascinating culture with stories of the old way of life and maybe a special song or two.

  • Magical Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Search of Santa Claus – glide across the snow on this relaxing mystical journey as only the reindeer know where to find my secret cabin and my elf helpers. Lunch is also included, to ‘recharge your batteries’ for the afternoon. This will be a simple and warming 2-course meal, with plenty of hot berry juice, squash, tea and coffee also available.

  • See your children’s faces light up with wonder, as you fulfil your family’s Search for Santa, and meet me in an Exclusive Private Family Meeting in my hideaway log-cabin home, with my elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure there is magic in the air!

  • Meet my special Aurora Elf who will be with me in the cabin and who is always full of magic and fun with tales of what elves do (and don’t do) and how they help me plan for my trip around the world delivering presents.

  • See your children’s faces light up with wonder, as you fulfil your family’s Search for Santa, and meet me in an Exclusive Private Family Meeting in my hideaway log-cabin home, with my elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure there is magic in the air!

  • Meet my special Aurora Elf who will be with me in the cabin and who is always full of magic and fun with tales of what elves do (and don’t do) and how they help me plan for my trip around the world delivering presents.

  • A host of Snow and Ice Fun Activities are provided for you to enjoy, such as ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding (a crazy Finnish cross between a scooter and a toboggan!), tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children, and my favourite – tobogganing.

  • Refreshments are included too, and are available throughout the day, for those times when a few minutes warming up round a crackling log fire is welcomed.

Finally, back ‘home’ in your hotel, finish the day with your Star Arctic dinner while you re-live every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!

* local charge for drinks applies

 

Day 4  -  Day 3 on 2 night break

 

Grand Finale

 

  • Fun-time again, with the chance to enjoy another big adventure and high-octane thrills with my trip by snowmobile safari to see more of the frozen and snowy world of Lapland. 

  • Parents share a snowmobile with one driving and one riding pillion and full instructions are given. Children travel in a large sleigh behind the group leader.

  • My helpful team will collect you from your doorstep by coach for the short ride to the airport to catch your flight home, to a chorus of fond farewells!

 

Accommodation

Star Arctic Hotel

Welcome to the Star Arctic! A modern and stylish hotel boasting spacious Lappish-style suites and Aurora cabins. A great choice for those looking for an intimate and exclusive feel stay, it is located at the top of Kaunispaä fell, away from the light pollution of the village centre and an excellent spot from which to view the Northern Lights.

The unique aspect of the Star Arctic has to be the rooms. All of the suites are located within their own buildings a short walk from the main reception and restaurant area. Scenic View Suites are duplex with a large glass window looking out over the main village. The bedroom area (twin or double) is located at the top of the duplex stairs (fairly steep), and have their own north-facing window. Scenic View Suites with sauna and kitchenette are also available adding more comfort and space.

For an unforgettable experience, opt to spend your stay in an Aurora Glass Cabin where you can truly immerse in the nature of Lapland and even admire the Northern Lights from your bed (we also enjoy the colourful light settings controlled by the main remote- but we don't want to spoil all the surprises)!

Enjoy casual dining in the hotel's restaurant, also boasting beautiful views across the fell. Natural ingredients are sourced from the local area including fish from the Inari region and reindeer from traditional Sami farms plus their full menu, originally crafted by Finnish Michelin Star Chef Jouni Toivanen, combines local Lappish flavours with popular modern cuisines bringing a uniquely elegant and casual choice for all. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and a multi course dinner served to the table.

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Room Types

  • No. of rooms: 40

  • No. of buildings: 4

  • No. of floors: 2


Rooms

Bedrooms are located in separate detached buildings a few steps away from the main building. All of the suites have en-suite shower/WC, lounge area, bathrobes and slippers, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee-maker, minibar, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.


  • Standard Scenic View Suites, 27m² (A4) with large glass window sleep 2-4 persons and have two floors with either twin beds or one double bed on the upper floor, reached by stair ladder (can be steep), plus double sofa bed on the lower floor. All of the facilities are as mentioned above

  • Scenic View Suites with Sauna, 36m² (B4) sleep 2-4 people and have private sauna and kitchenette in addition to all of the facilities above. The suite has two floors with either twin beds or one double bed on the upper floor, reached by stair ladder (can be steep), plus double sofa bed on the lower floor

  • Glass Igloo Cabins (C4) can sleep 2-4 people in either two twin beds or one double bed, over only one floor


Bedroom facilities

  • Hairdryer

  • Minibar or fridge

  • Wireless internet

  • Lift accessible: Yes

  • Lift serves all floors: Yes

  • Access ramp: No

Resort

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Saariselka

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, close to Russia and just a few hours from the Arctic Ocean, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too. 

Dates & Prices 

Below we list ALL departures on the Santas Aurora itinerary.
Adult & child prices are based on cheapest accommodation and child ages 2-5. 
Contact Reservations on 0161 298 7477 for price & availability for your family.

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Booking Details

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Payments Details

If outside 14 weeks of departure this holiday can be booked by paying a deposit of £150 per person. If within 14 weeks before the full balance is due. Call 0161 298 7477 to book.

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